Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
77,014 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace broken accumulator spring/bar (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 202008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,100 miles


So the transmission started shifting really hard. more like a slam into gear. I took it into a certified mechanic and he diagnosed instantly and said " i know exactly what it is it's a known issue in the 1500 transmission." Well he was spot on and found the spring had broken into many pieces and luckily i caught in time before the bar bent over and shot through the case as he has seen what will happen if not fixed ASAP. The faulty parts are known as The Accumulator spring and bar. The fix is to upgrade to 3/4 parts and i added a shift kit to smooth the shifting out as the 2002 shifted slightly hard to begin with.

- , Moun, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 172012

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

Shifts erratically and not sure if the bands need adjusted or the transmission is going out

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 102003

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

From the day I bought this truck new from dealership I have had this problem that the truck jerks when slowing down. I took it to the local dealership at least 5 times for the same reason and every time they told me that there was nothing wrong and that was that. They told me that this was typical Dodge transmission. Service department really suck, Dodge really sucks.

- , Clinton, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010

Ram 1500 4.7 Liter

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


I have been a dodge owner for 23 years, I bought my 2002 dodge 1500 Quad cab New.

Since then I have had the rear end rebuilt 2 times once by dodge who left broken parts in the rear end causing me to have it rebuilt again, 2 radiators, a right side upper control arm and now transmission problems, a cracked dash radio shorting out. I have always kept up with my maintenance on this truck by Dodge, I will say this is my last Dodge truck that I will ever buy. You would think at a cost of $27000.00 Dodge would build a better truck.

- , Springfield, OR, USA

problem #3

May 012007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

The problem started at about 90,000 miles. I bought the truck at 77,000, and now it has 111,000 miles on it. When I shift to reverse, it takes a few seconds for it to kick into gear. Sometimes while im going in reverse it "pops" out of gear. I have all the service records since it was new. The truck has been serviced regularly since new and I have continued service since i've owned it. I have replaced the transmission filters and fluid and it still happens all the time.

- , Mars Hill, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 152007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

My truck has always shifted really hard. It almost always jerks pretty hard when I put it into reverse and I've been told this is a common problem with the Rams.... my truck has 108,000 miles on it and I bought it at 47,000 miles. Like I said, it's always been an issue.

- , Cedar Park, TX, US

problem #1

Jul 092003

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Sport

  • 29,000 miles

First I want to say that my transmission on my Dodge Truck has already been replaced. ( last year ) At 17000 miles the transmission went out on me on the freeway. When I get to the dealership, the guy makes me feel that this is my fault. The mechanic makes a comment that 17000 miles is alot of miles for one year. I could not get a rental from the dealership. He said that it wasn't their ( chrysler ) policy to provide rentals. Second, I could never get this guy to call me at home. I had to call him numerous times to get the status on my truck. He then went on to say that they had to take out the whole transmission out and then they would know if they could rebuild it or need to put in a new one. Next day still no word. Finally around noon (after I call him), he goes on to tell me now that they have ordered a transmission for my truck and that it will be a couple of days before it arrives and another two days to install. I could not believe my ears. I could understand if my truck was 3 years to older model, but a brand new 2002 truck and no transmission in stock. I finally get my truck back after I had to pay for a rental for 7 days.

Now the present.....

It looks like this transmission was just as bad as the last one. Everytime I shift into reverse it bumps and then goes. It's not a smooth transition. If I'm driving down the road, and when I let off the gas pedal it also bumps. I dont know what to do. I really dont want to go back to the Dodge dealership and have to deal with these people again, but my truck is still under warranty. I'm going to have to get another car rental and of course it's going to have to come out of my pocket. I will never buy another Dodge truck again. Never.........

They have lost a good and former customer, and I'll tell anyone that listens never to buy Dodge/Chrysler.

- , Long Beach, CA, USA

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